Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
This Psalm is termed a prayer because the language of petition is
predominant. With a just cause, sincerely presented, the writer prays
for a just decision and help and protection. Pleading former mercies as
a ground of hope, he urges his prayer in view of the malice, pride,
rapacity, and selfishness of his foes, whose character is contrasted
with his pious devotion and delight in God's favor.
2. sentence--acquitting judgment.
from thy presence--Thy tribunal.
things that are equal--just and right, do Thou regard.
3. proved . . . visited . . . tried--His character was most rigidly
tested, at all times, and by all methods, affliction and others
purposed that, &c.--or, my mouth does not exceed my purpose; I am
4. works of men--sinful practices.
by the word of thy lips--as a guide
(Ps 119:9, 11, 95).
5. May be read as an assertion "my steps or goings have held on to
6. wilt hear me--that is, graciously
7. Show--set apart as special and eminent
thy right hand--for Thy power.
8. Similar figures, denoting the preciousness of God's people in
His sight, in
De 32:10, 11;
9. compass me--(compare
10. enclosed . . . fat--are become proud in prosperity, and insolent
11. They pursue us as beasts tracking their prey.
12. The figure made more special by that of a lion lurking.
13-15. disappoint--literally, "come before," or, "encounter him."
Supply "with" before "sword"
These denote God's power.
14. men . . . world--all men of this present time.
They appear, by fulness of bread and large families, to be prosperous;
he implies this will be transient, contrasting his better portion in a
joyful union with God hereafter.